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Who should not take Percocet?

The pain medication Percocet (oxycodone and acetaminophen) is not right for everyone. People who should not take this drug include those who:
  • are hypersensitive to oxycodone, acetaminophen or any other ingredient in Percocet
  • have respiratory problems including acute or severe bronchial asthma. Because Percocet can slow breathing, it can severely interfere with your ability to breathe if your breathing is already impaired.
  • have paralytic ileus, in which digested food does not pass through the intestines. Percocet tends to slow digestion, so it could worsen this condition.
  • have a head injury, brain lesion or a buildup of brain fluid. Percocet can dangerously increase pressure in the brains of people with these conditions.
  • are pregnant or breastfeeding. The baby of a woman who took Percocet while pregnant could be born with a physical dependency on the drug and experience withdrawal symptoms after birth, when he or she is no longer getting the drug through the placenta. Percocet also passes into breast milk and can cause a nursing infant to be drowsy or have trouble breathing.

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